This Mitacs Accelerate program will support a internships for graduate students in the areas of services and applications using next generation communications, Internet, and cloud computing. The interns will be placed in Canadian telecom and networking providers and vendors and will undertake research projects defined jointly with these partners. The program will prepare graduates to work and industry and will foster collaboration between universities and industry.
The project aims at developing prototype of a new ultrasonic based device to monitor andmaintain oil-water interface position and oil layer height. Need for such a device has been identified for applications in oil-water separators commonly used in a number of processes. The ability to monitor interface position as well as liquid-layer thickness is essential to ensure continuous operation of separators and avoid complications in downstream processing and/or accidental discharge to sanitary or storm sewer systems.
The proposal is for two projects designed in conjunction with Nokia and CanAssist in the research theme of assistive applications for smartphones. The first project focuses on support for the growing senior population, designed to help seniors retain independence for as long as safely feasible. The second focuses on support for individuals with visual disabilities, designed to use smartphones to convert the visual information into voice information for way finding and navigation.
The project’s aim is to develop a comprehensive technological platform for the fabrication of GaN-based electronics devices for applications in telecommunications and power generating and management systems. As of this date, the progress relative to this technology has been excellent and sustained. Our team has now established the most advanced fabrication expertise for GaN-based devices among Canadian universities, and state-of-the-art high electron mobility transistors are now routinely fabricated. Technologies around the epitaxial growth of GaN-based materials are also to be developed.
A significant challenge in the design of fourth generation (and beyond) cellular systems is the reliable delivery of high speed (up to 1 gigabit per second) wireless data to mobile users. The use of techniques involving multiple antennas at the transmitters and receivers is a key step toward this goal. However, interference from adjoining cells is a primary impediment to such techniques reaching their full potential, especially for users in regions near the cell boundaries.
Given the plurality of voices available on the Internet, it is often difficult to estimate the level of expertise of the individuals that one encounters in cyber-space. On the other hand, it is also difficult for any individual expert to establish their credibility in this sea of screaming voices. Therefore, it is desirable to have an independent mechanism to prove a given person's claims to authenticity and legitimacy. One valuable source of information in this endeavour is the individual's interactions with content on the web, be it blogging, tweeting, etc.
Bringing cloud computing from the Internet domain to Next Generation Networks (NGN) in order to provide Telco cloud services will leverage the use of NGN, reduce costs and create many value-added services. It is therefore becoming critical for world-class carriers, like Bell and Telus, to adopt a cloudbased communications model. However, unlike public Internet clouds, a Telco cloud has specific requirements, such as performance, scalability, security and isolation.